Christian Growth Series, Part A
Establish Biblical Structure for Change

God's view:
Rom. 5:3-5 ; 2 Tim. 3:16-17 ; James 1:21-25 ; 2 Pet. 1:2-4 -Effective and lasting biblical change is a continuing process. You are to obey the commands and guidelines in God's word for every area of your life (your thoughts, words and actions). As you stop (put-off) the old continuing pattern of sin and begin (put-on) the new practice of righteousness and holiness, you are renewed in the spirit of your mind.

Hope:
John 15:10-11 , 16:33 ; Matt. 6:33 ; 1 John 2:3-4 ; 1 John 3:22 -You are to walk in a manner worthy of God and to please Him in every area of your life. As you obediently respond to God's love, you become mature in the Lord and are blessed with peace and joy regardless of your feelings, other people or circumstances of life.

1 Cor. 6:19-20 ; 1 Pet. 1:17-19 ; Lu. 16:10-13 ; John 16:17 ; 1 John 2:20 , 27-You were purchased with the precious blood of Jesus, you wholly belong to Him. You are God's possession and a steward(managing servant)of all that the Lord has provided for you. The anointing of Christ is with you. God's wisdom, strength and ability are within you to exercise your particular talent and gifts to become a blessing to those about you. Christ in you, the hope of glory, the anointing of God upon your flesh to do the things flesh cannot do.

Ps. 119:165 ; Matt. 5:3-12 ; John 14:27 ;15:11 ;16:33 -God's peace and joy are available to believers regardless of others, possessions or circumstances. We are to be dependent upon God. As we become so we will not be controlled by others but will be free to love others as God loves us. We are primarily accountable to God-not to self, spouse, parents or others.

Change:
Eph. 4:22-24 ; Matt. 7:5 ; 1 Cor. 11:28-31 ; Heb. 4:12 ; Rom. 6:12-13 ;2 Cor. 10:5-To keep God's anointing flowing through you, you must daily put-off old sinful habits, identify them, judge yourself in the light of God's word, confess and repent and put them aside immediately.

2 Tim. 2:22 ; Titus 2:11-12 ; Gal. 5:16 ; Matt. 22:37 ; Col. 1:10 ;Rom. 8:29, Rom. 5:17 -As we put-on the righteous deeds in the power of the Holy Spirit, we grow daily in the image of God. We become on earth, vessels reflecting and revealing the Spirit of God within to the world about us, destroying the works of the devil and establish God's righteousness on earth.

Prov. 10:12 ; Eph. 4:32 ; 1 Pet. 3:8-9 -We begin the process by forgiving others biblically as necessary. We seek reconciliation and restoration in accordance with biblical principles. We do not retaliate, and we eliminate stumbling blocks, and seek ways to bless others.


HOMEWORK
Memory/Meditation/Prayer :
Eph. 4:29 , 31 , 32 .
Devotions :
BSAF on selected verses from above.
Put-off and put-on:
Continue working on columns 1-3 of the VOFW and begin to work on a biblical plan for the pattern of anger, bitterness and unwholesome speech, using column 4 of the VOFW. Review and as appropriate use the Think and Do list and establish biblical patterns of thinking and resultant speech and actions in all things heartily as unto the Lord.

Forms and Worksheets
BSAF: Bible Study & Application Form
Think and Do
Love Is
VOSWS: Victory Over Sin Worksheet
Dying to Self
Problem Solving
PSW: Problem/Solution Worksheet
Freedom from Anxiety
Contingency Plan

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